I used to have a friend back in the 60's that wanted to be part of the counter-culture...love-beads, goofy clothes, hitch-hiking, drugs...all that. But she was what we called too "straight". This girl was physically gorgeous, and so being, received all that the establishment had to offer such feminine beauty. Yearn as she might have for the open road and not only reading Kerouac, but living him...she was trapped in suburbia with loving parents. I always liked that about her. A real "to thine own self..." thingy.
Anyway, I caught her reading "The Prophet" one day and called her on it...saying that it didn't fit her lifestyle. "No, no" says she, "I and my whole family are now part of the Baha'i religion".
Well, she took me through their teachings step-by-step. I was a willing student, for I learned that Khalil Gibran was also a follower. To this day, I cannot get over that man's wisdom and his ability to communicate it through prose and poetry. To wit:
"And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children."
And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of to-morrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable."
- The Prophet
No heaven or hell? I like that. But still worshiping a deity...huh-uh. Thanks, but no thanks.
So I read that Helen Mirren is getting a lot of flack for agreeing to co-star in a whitewash of Phil Spector's filthy lifestyle that led to the horrific death of Gentile, Lana Clarkson. Well, that's good. The old gal needs a wake-up call. In this country, some actors exercise a bit of conscience when it comes to roles they accept. There is a name for people that don't do that though...I mean those that will take money to do anything. The word escapes me for the moment, but I'll remember it. Anyway, Helen...let's don't deify a member of the tribe practicing goyim sacrifice. Although I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it is not really him sitting in that cell having been convicted of murder...and that he is really sitting pretty in a Hebron settlement fit for a king, we "anti-semites" out here have been relishing Spector's conviction and incarceration. Even if it is fictitious. Let's not spoil the illusion.
In case you haven't surmised...this post is jumping around a lot. I don't know if there is a common thread yet. I haven't finished wandering around in circles.
But speaking of Phil...I just can't wait to see his fellow tribe-member's version of what happened with Lana that night. This ought to be good. This may be the version where Lana, in a fit of rage over her lost hollyweird career, seduces the poor unfortunate hebrew and gets him to take her home. Once there she vows to take out her anger at all of the "jews that run Hollywood" and puts Phil's gun in her mouth. All the while screaming "you're going down for my murder, you thieving kike!" Then blows her own brains out with
the gun that he kept to ward off just such anti-semites. I can see it now...starring Shylock himself...Al Pacino. Anyway, that is the way I would write it...if I was a member. Take my word...it won't be far from that.
Or far from Dickensian, in its tale-of-two-city-ish irony. Just as the nobleman kills the child in the street with his carriage and tosses a few coins to the parents...so shall we see the day when even a mock trial of a murdering record-producer will be unheard of. "I blew her head off...so what?" It is an interesting case...the one that will soon grace HBO. How do you defend that sort of jewish supremacism? I'm sure his lawyers had to bite their tongues many times in court to refrain from announcing that she was only a shiksa. And the amount of fiction that is sure to be heaped on the tale via celluloid will be a masterpiece, I do not doubt.
But on to responsibility.
I have many readers that bemoan the world's problems and say that "I just wish I could get on with my own life, and the problems of the world would leave me to do so...", or words to that effect. And I can understand that sentiment. All too well. For that is the reason, I feel that the world is in such a mess. As Gibran's prophet summarized, we all have a responsibility to "bend" in the hands of the archer( whether you believe him to be a god or merely time).
We all must take joy in our trials to make this a better place for our children to fly. And their children. Their world of the future is not ours, but it can be made better for them by our bending to our responsibility to rid the world of the "Spector" of things to come...here and now while we can.
"Whore!" I knew I would remember it.